Local Government minister, Saviour Kasukuwere on Thursday suspended all the 18 Gweru councillors, including the mayor and his deputy on allegations of gross misconduct and mismanagement of council funds and affairs.
The suspensions, which follow investigations by the ministry’s audit team, also include three Zanu PF councillors in Gweru urban.
“Pursuant to the investigations carried out at Gweru City Council, which revealed your involvement in gross mismanagement, gross misconduct, incompetence in connection with council funds and affairs, I hereby, in terms of Section 114 (1) (c), (d) and (i) (ii) of the Urban Councils Act (Chapter 29:15), hereby, suspend you from being a councillor of Gweru City Council with immediate effect,” part of the suspension letter, dated August 12, reads.
The councillors were served with the letters Thursday afternoon.
MDC-T Midlands South provincial spokesperson, Munyaradzi Mutandavari described the move as desperate and cosmetic on the part of Zanu PF, as it also includes some of their own to paint a picture of fairness yet the main targets were the opposition party’s councillors.